The Ohio Valley Medical Center has unveiled some new programs that help in the treatment and recovery of patients battling cancer.
The hospital started introducing programs last Spring that not only focus on the physical treatment of the disease, but also focus on the patients mental well-being, as well.
Patients who are diagnosed with Breast Cancer receive one of these bears named HOPE.
HOPE stands for Healing, Optimism, Power, and Escape.
Patients are also able to join support groups to share their experiences with others going through the same things they are.
OVMC Cancer Center Manager, Breezie Ogilbee, said the physical treatment is just one aspect in caring for their patients
“Our biggest focus is just the overall care of our patients we don't want to just treat their cancer, we want to treat the whole patient and make sure that physically and emotionally, psychologically, everything that their journey is as least stressful as it can be,” said Ogilbee.
OVMC also offers a resource center that allows patients to choose free wigs to wear while undergoing treatment as well as breast prosthetics, for those who have undergone mastectomies, in addition to Pawsitive Pets, a treatment that brings a lab dog to the hospital to visit with patients. They said studies show that just petting the dog can reduce stress levels in patients.